Q & A - Products

Stampin' Up! has both Jet Black StāzOn Ink Pads and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pads in their Annual Catalogue.  Put simply, the biggest difference between these two black inks is that StāzOn is a solvent-based ink and Memento is a water-based ink.

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The short answer is, no.  A hair dryer doesn't have the concentrated heat required to melt embossing powder, and the strong air will blow the embossing powder off of the stamped surface. 

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When heat embossing you need the embossing powder to stick to the stamped image before heating it, so you need a slow-drying, tacky ink.

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Did you know that you can only use a manufacturing mould a limited number of times before replacing it?  The moulds for the iconic Stampin' Up! stamp case were about to expire and a decision needed to be made whether to order more of the same moulds or improve the design.  Stampin' Up! chose to innovate!  The new Classic Stampin' Pad design will debute in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue on 1 June 2018...

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Alongside the Classic Stampin' Pad redesign debut in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, Stampin' Up! improve the ink as well!  You may have noticed that the old ink would sometimes bubble (especially on new stamp pads and with lighter colours), which can give uneven stamping.  So, Stampin' Up! have added a defoamer to the ink ingredients.  This will reduce ink bubbles, giving you an even coating of ink on a stamp, resulting in a smoother, solid stamped image.

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Fast Fuse is a double-sided tape-runner adhesive with a permanent, strong tack that bonds instantly.  It is a good all-purpose adhesive that is perfect for heavy layers and construction.

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Over-inked stamp pads is common when they're new.  Some good indications that your stamp pad is too inky is bubbling of ink on the surface of your stamp and undefined or blurry edges to stamped images.  Here's three simple strategies for solving issues with over-inked stamp pads...

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Here's a table with the weights of the Stampin' Up! card stock and designer paper, plus a guide for what to use for different project types...

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Stampin' Up! offers different types of inks, whose characteristics lend themselves to specific tasks and techniques, stamping surfaces, cleaning requirements and suitability for scrapbooking.  Below is a listing of the inks you can purchase through Stampin' Up!, including a guide to their use.

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In mid-2013, Stampin' Up! upgraded their stamp pads to change your stamping experience for the better.  Their stamp pads still have the same patented flip-top design that stores the inking surface upside down (so the pad surface stays moist), but now they have a firm foam pad, replacing the felt pad.

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Over a period of time, the clear acrylic blocks for clear-mount or photopolymer stamping can become dirty with oils from your hands, ink from stamp pads, dust and adhesives.  Here's some tips for getting them clean again so your stamps cling well...

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A Stampin' Scrub is a dual-sided tray containing deep-cleaning nylon fibre scubbing pads, ideal for cleaning your rubber stamps.  Cleaning rubber stamps is a breeze when you partner the Stampin' Scrub with the Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner, a cleaning fluid specially formulated to clean and condition your rubber stamps.

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Over a period of time, the black fibre scrubbing pads of the Stampin' Scrub will become "dirty".  Here are directions for cleaning these pads...

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The Stampin' Trimmer, which was introduced in the 2012-2013 Annual Catalogue, is a fully-featured cutting tool that is exclusive to Stampin' Up!.

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The quick answer is one-thousand.  But this number depends a lot on what you are cutting with your Stampin' Trimmer.

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Here are two things you can do for your Stampin' Trimmer to give it some love and have good on-going cutting performance...

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Starting with the 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue, Stampin' Up! adopted a new body style for punches.  While the black-bodied punches were great, Stampin' Up!'s committment to providing the very best crafting tools means that even if something works very well, if they see a chance to improve it, they will work to made it even better.  You will see from the feature list below why this punch body improves on the old.

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Stampin' Spritzers are a fun colouring tool.  They can be filled with water or rubbing alcohol and then many of our colouring products added, like Classic Stampin' Ink.  These can store this solution for future projects, or they can be cleaned and reused.

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Kristine

Kristine McNickle
Hamilton, Waikato
New Zealand

I am a stay-at-home mum with three kids and a wonderfully supportive husband.  I love craft, but stamping and card making is my passion.  I also enjoy extending card-making and stamping techniques to create 3-D projects and gifts. 

I was introduced to Stampin' Up! a few years ago and I quickly fell in love with their high-quality, coordinating products and, soon after, became an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  I now hold regular workshops in my home focusing on the fabulous papercraft products Stampin' Up! has to offer. 

I enjoy sharing what I know with others and inspiring their stamping creativity.


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